Kya Kehna (English: What to Say) is a 2000 Indian Hindi drama film directed by Kundan Shah. The film stars Preity Zinta as a single teenage mother and Saif Ali Khan as the father , with Chandrachur Singh, Anupam Kher and Farida Jalal playing supporting roles.
Kya Kehna dealt with the taboo issue of pre-marital pregnancy and the views of society. The film premiered on 19 May 2000, and was a box office success becoming one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2000, establishing Zinta's career in the Hindi film industry.
The film was moderately well received by film critics, with Zinta's performance being highlighted along with the treatment of issues that the story tackles. Kya Kehna won numerous accolades including the Best Story Award for Honey Irani and a nomination for Best Actress for Zinta at the 46th Filmfare Awards among others.
|Directed by||Kundan Shah|
|Produced by||Kumar S Taurani|
Ramesh S Taurani
|Written by||Honey Irani|
|Screenplay by||Honey Irani|
Saif Ali Khan
|Music by||Rajesh Roshan|
|Distributed by||Tips Music Films|
Priya Bakshi (Preity Zinta) is the bubbly, free spirited daughter of Gulshan (Anupam Kher) and Rohini Bakshi (Farida Jalal). Priya's parents, brothers and best friend, Ajay (Chandrachur Singh) love and support her. Ajay is secretly in love with Priya, and wishes to marry her in the future, hopefully after she finishes her studies.
Priya enters her first year of university, and quickly catches the eye of wealthy playboy Rahul (Saif Ali Khan), who becomes attracted to her. She succumbs to his charm but Ajay and her brother Vicky are unsure about Rahul. His reputation and womanizing ways worry them, and they warn her to stay away from him. However, Priya believes that Rahul is in love with her, and the two begin a relationship and have sex. Priya convinces her parents to meet Rahul, but when they prematurely talk about marriage and the future, he mocks them and leaves Priya. Priya is heartbroken but tries to move on with her life. She later learns that she is pregnant with Rahul's child. Her parents go back to Rahul to talk about marriage once again. He acknowledges that he is the father, but still does not want to marry Priya. Rahul's mother also berates Priya and her family, believing that they are looking for financial compensation. Priya is faced with a decision, and she chooses to keep the child. Her decision prompts her father to reluctantly banish her from the house due to the shame, however, her family finds it hard to live without her and they bring her back, supporting her during her pregnancy.
Priya goes back to university, where she is shunned due to her pregnancy and 'spoiled' character. Rahul's mother, who is part of the university's board of directors, tries to convince the other parents that Priya should be expelled due to her character. Ostracised by friends, neighbours and society, Priya realises Ajay's love and dedication for her. The university holds a year end performance, where a group of students put on a play which mocks and vilifies Priya and her pregnancy. After the play, Priya makes a passionate speech about love, honour and respect. Her words move many in the audience, including Rahul. Her friends apologise to her, and she gains the support of the community.
At an event to celebrate the birth of Priya's baby, Ajay finally decides to declare his feelings. However, Rahul also proposes to Priya, stating that he is ready for marriage and to raise their child. Priya ultimately chooses to marry Ajay, telling Rahul that he can never be as supportive and dedicated as Ajay.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Label||Tips Music Films|
The soundtrack of the film contains 8 songs. The music is given by Rajesh Roshan, with lyrics by Majrooh Sultanpuri. According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 20,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's seventh highest-selling.
|1.||"Ae Sanam Meri Bahon"||Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu||06.13|
|2.||"Dekhiye Aji Jaaneman"||Alka Yagnik Udit Narayan||05:30|
|3.||"Dil Ka Koi Tukda"||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hariharan||06:15|
|4.||"In Kadmon Ke Neeche"||Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu||05:19|
|5.||"Jaaneman Jaane Jaan"||Alka Yagnik, Sonu Nigam||05:35|
|6.||"Kya Kehna"||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Hariharan||04:27|
|7.||"O Soniye Dil Jaaniye"||Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu, Sonu Nigam||05:41|
|8.||"Pyara Bhaiya Mera"||Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu||04:40|
The film was a box office success and emerged as one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of 2000, and was declared a "hit" in India.
Vinayak Chakravorty of Hindustan Times gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, writing, "The basic premise of Kya Kehna!, then, definitely had the potential of being a gripping family entertainer. Unfortunately, somewhere down the line you feel as if most people associated with the film somehow lost interest." He noted, however, Preity Zinta as "the bright spot of the film". Aradhika Sekhon of The Tribune wrote, "The movie itself has several flaws but the issues that it tackles are real. The director takes a straight, hard look at the problems of today and holds them up for exhibition. The Indian tendency is to sweep uncomfortable issues under the carpet but if films like Kya Kehna continue to be made, at least, we'll be forced to confront them." Mimmy Jain of The Indian Express, in a positive review, commeded Shah for making "a sensitive film, on a sensitive subject", calling Kya Kehna "a film that should have been made years ago". She further noted Zinta as being "dazzlingly good" in her part.
Filmfare, in a three-star review, wrote that the film is "worth a watch" and attributed its success to Zinta's "very convincing performance". Sharmila Taliculam from Rediff.com was critical of the film, concluding, "Apart from the climax, the film is no big deal."